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NWF: Bioenergy feedstocks could be invasive species

The National Wildlife Federation today released a report saying that the planting of exotic and genetically engineered reeds, weeds, grasses and algae to grow feedstocks for bioenergy production could interfere with local ecosystems in the long run, and potentially cause expenses to taxpayers if the feedstocks turn out to be invasive species that must be controlled.

“Growing Risk: Addressing the Invasive Potential of Bioenergy Feedstocks” recommends that federal, state and local governments conduct coordinated efforts to restrict or prohibit the use of known invasive species as dedicated bioenergy feedstocks through rigorous weed risk assessment protocols.